Seth Rogen Claims That the Kids These Days Can’t Make a High School Movie As Good As ‘Superbad’
Here’s a decidedly unshocking headline: Forty-Year-Old Man Thinks That His Generation’s Teen Movies Are Better Than Teen Movies Made Today.
Yesterday, Seth Rogen bragged to People about how his Fabelmans co-star, 20-year-old Gabriel LaBelle, told Rogen that he and all of his friends consider Superbad to be their favorite movie. Rogen reached acclaim in his teenage years by starring in the cult-classic series Freaks and Geeks, and he wrote the script for the 2007 film Superbad when he was still high school-aged — and the perennial Judd Apatow creative partner posited that no one has made any worthwhile teen media since those projects.
“It never changed for some reason,” Rogen said of Superbad’s legacy before declaring, “No one’s made a good high school movie since then.” Sure, Seth — and no one can make a quality joint-rolling tray for less than $485 either.
On the topic of Freaks and Geeks, Rogen refuted the idea that the series could go the way of That ‘70s Show or other recently revived shows. “I don’t think anyone would do it,” Rogen explained. “It’s so rare that you do something in your career that is actually just viewed as good. … I know enough now not to f— with that, to just let it be good and not try to go revisit it and just let it exist.”
As for Rogen’s superlative Superbad self-praise, the reaction around the internet has been largely mocking as members of Gen Z skewered Rogen’s condescending “Back in My Day” take by listing their own favorite teen movies — films like the 2019 coming-of-age comedy Booksmart were cited as contemporary films that didn’t deserve to be glossed over by Rogen’s ridiculous claim that there hasn’t been a single quality teen movie in 16 years.
If only Rogen had just said, “No one has made as much money making the same three weed jokes as I have,” he could have spared himself all of this trouble.